South Africa vs Pakistan 3rd Test Day 2: South Africa push lead to 212 after Olivier’s five-for

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Duanne Olivier finished with figures of 5-51 off 13 overs

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South Africa were able to extend their lead to 212 after pace bowler Duanne Olivier ripped through Pakistan’s batting line-up with a five-wicket haul.

Starting off the day on 17/2, Pakistan were able to push their score to 53 before nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas was caught by Theunis de Bruyn at third slip off the bowling of Olivier for 11.

Olivier struck again three balls later as Asad Shafiq was caught behind for a duck.

Imam-ul-Haq managed to score 43 before he was caught by Dean Elgar at slip off the bowling of Vernon Philander.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed and Babar Azam steadied things with a 78-run partnership, during which Sarfraz brought up his fifty, before he was caught by Hashim Amla at first slip off the bowling of Kagiso Rabada for 50, which came off 40 balls and included eight boundaries.

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Sarfraz Ahmed was Pakistan’s top scorer with 50 runs

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Azam went on to score 49 before he was caught by Rabada at fine leg off the bowling of Olivier.

Olivier then took out Faheem Ashraf the very next ball and Mohammad Amir four overs later before Pakistan were bowled out for 185, which gave South Africa a 77-run lead, when Shadab Khan was sent packing by Rabada for five runs.

Olivier was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Philander snapped up three and Rabada chipped in with two.

With a 77-run lead in hand, South Africa made a disappointing start to their second innings as Elgar was caught behind off the bowling of Amir for five runs.

Aiden Markram, who opened the batting with Elgar, managed to make 21 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Abbas.

De Bruyn failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught by Shafiq at second slip off the bowling of Faheem for seven runs.

Debutant Zubayr Hamza was on his way back to the pavilion two balls later as he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Faheem for a duck.

Amla and Temba Bavuma stabilised the innings with a 48-run partnership before Bavuma was caught behind off the bowling of Shadab for 23.

Amla and Quinton de Kock ensured South Africa reached stumps safely as they forged an unbeaten 42-run partnership.

Amla finished on 42, which came off 90 balls and included eight boundaries, while De Kock remained undefeated on 34, which came off 35 deliveries and included six boundaries.

Faheem was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Amir, Abbas and Shadab claimed one wicket each.

South Africa ended day two on 135/5 and will continue batting on Sunday at 10:00 local time or 08:00 GMT.

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